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The Howard H. Baker Jr. Center for Public Policy has released its schedule of events for October.

  • October 4—Rich Pacelle, Baker Café, “Forty More Years: The Making of the Clinton/Trump Court,” 1–2 p.m. in the Baker Center Reading Room. Pacelle is director of the political science department.
  • October 4—Debate Watch, 9–11 p.m. Watch the vice presidential debate on the big screen in the Toyota Auditorium in the Baker Center.
  • October 11—James Zogby, Global Security Distinguished Lecture, “The US and the Middle East: How We Got into the Mess We’re in and What We Can Do About It,” 5:30 p.m. in the Toyota Auditorium. Zogby has been the leading voice on Arab-American rights for more than thirty years by co-founding the American-Arab Anti-Discrimination Committee, the Arab American Institute, and creating and hosting the political television show
  • October 19—Debate Watch, 9–11 p.m. Watch the debate on the big screen in the Toyota Auditorium.
  • October 20—Matt Murray, Baker Café, “Presidential Economics: Rhetoric and Reality,” 12:30–1:30 p.m. in the Baker Center Reading Room. Murray is the Baker Center director and Boyd Center associate director.
  • October 20—Becky Jacobs, Energy and Environmental Forum, 1–2:30 p.m. in the Toyota Auditorium. Jacobs is a Waller Lansden Distinguished Professor of Law and will moderate an interdisciplinary panel on “An Ethical, Sustainable Energy Industry.”
  • October 24—Eban Goodstein, Energy and Environmental Forum, “Republicans, Democrats and Sustainability: Recovering Bipartisan Environmental Politics,” 1–2:30 p.m. in the Toyota Auditorium. Goodstein is director of the Bard Center for Environmental Policy at Bard College in New York.
  • October 24—Eban Goodstein, 3:30 p.m. in the Toyota Auditorium. Goodstein will present “How to Get a Job Saving the Planet: Sustainability Leadership Careers in NGOs, Business, and Policy.”
  • October 25— Best of Enemies, a PBS documentary, 7–9 p.m. in the Toyota Auditorium. Introduction and commentary will be provided by Mark Harmon, professor of journalism, and Mike Fitzgerald, professor of political science. The PBS documentary showcases a CBS program that was the beginning of the political punditry we see today, between legendary journalists—conservative William Buckley and liberal Gore Vidal.
  • October 27—Peter Z. Grossman, Energy and Environmental Forum, “Energy Policy and the Next President,” 1–2:30 the Toyota Auditorium. Grossman is a Clarence Efroymson Professor of Economics at Butler University.
  • October 27—Peter Z. Grossman and Lorna A. Greening, 3–5 p.m. in the Toyota Auditorium. Grossman and Greening, a Baker Center Energy and Environment Fellow, will discuss “Analyzing the Process of Energy Policy: Why policy responses to the same problems differ among countries.”
  • October 31—Early Voting, Knox County Election Commission, 8 a.m.–8 p.m. in the Toyota Auditorium. Open to all Knox County registered voters.

All events and lectures are free and open to the public. The Baker Center is a nonpartisan institute devoted to education and research concerning public policy and civic engagement.


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